Providence sets the pace for heart month with the newly renamed Heart to Start 5K and 10K and Heart Breaker half-marathon

January 19, 2015

Providence Health & Services is partnering with AA Sports for the Heart to Start 5K, 10K and Heart Breaker half-marathon. The race has been renamed to tie in with Providence’s Heart to Start 13-week training program and a new book by James Beckerman, M.D., cardiologist and medical director of the Center for Prevention and Wellness at Providence Heart and Vascular Institute.

Dozens of Providence Heart to Start participants have been training for months –  meeting each week in the dark and rain to get ready for their goal race. Everyone has their own motivation for taking part. For Jackie, who suffered a crushed ankle in a car accident a few years ago, making it to the starting line represents a turning point in her recovery. For participants like Kim, it’s been a chance to make herself and her health a priority after being a caregiver to so many others. For returning Heart to Starters Kris and Judy, this year’s race is an opportunity to take their commitment to fitness to the next level. Dr. Beckerman created the Providence Heart to Start training program in 2012 with the goal of making exercise enjoyable, achievable and inclusive. The program is free and includes a workout plan, online resources and weekly group workouts. The newly renamed Heart to Start 5K, 10K and Heart Breaker half-marathon enhance Providence’s activities during February, American Heart Month. This family-friendly event includes a beautiful race course through rolling hills and farmland and an indoor festival with food, music and local vendors.

Registration is now open for the event at 8 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 15 Liberty High School Hillsboro, Ore.